Title: Demon Princess by Kassandra Lynn
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
*ARC received in exchange for an Honest Review via Netgalley*
Summary: Goodreads Summary
With her father gone and her brother missing, Demon Princess Adriana has to assume the throne, temporarily becoming the Demon King. The procession is underway, and the princess is nervous yet determined … until the unthinkable happens and she is summoned! Somehow, Aldric, a mage-in-training has summoned the princess into the human kingdom. Now trapped, Adriana must hide her identity and escape before she loses her life in the hands of her mortal enemies.
Demon Princess was an pleasant experience, Kassandra Lynn uses concise while still descriptive language throughout her novel therefore making it easy to slip into her fantasy world without it being drawn out. I have rated Demon Princess 4.5 stars; as I found myself fully immersed into the novel but I felt rather disappointed in the sense their isn’t much mention of Adriana’s father and brother. The novel focuses on her being summoned and then follows her on her journey to escape or break the seal. I had expectations to find out more about what happened to her family as it was mentioned in the blurb therefore this is still a mystery; however Demon Princess is the first in a new series therefore I expect the mystery will unravel within the next few books.
Another element which led to my 4.5 star rating was I wish their was an element of the novel which incorporated another view point/perspective so we could of seen how the Demon Community reacted or were coping when Adriana suddenly disappeared. Although the novel is focused on Adriana’s character and is narrated in first person by her.
Despite this I did thoroughly enjoy Demon Princess, in fact it somewhat reminded me of The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare; in terms of it’s regency stylized content. Kassandra Lynn has created a world in which Adriana wears costumes similar to this period, long dresses to cover her legs and no trousers. They also use gold and silver coins. I loved this particular aspect of Demon Princess because it sets it slightly apart from similar Young Adult Fantasies whilst incorporating the ideals of society that women and men shouldn’t be in such close proximity therefore making the tension between the Adriana and Keldrin more pronounced as they each feel nervous with their first experiences around each other.
In terms of theme; Demon Princess is a fantasy novel, set in a dystopian world. Kassandra Lynn features an array of different elements within her novel from fantasy, magical, romance and a sense of mystery. Despite it’s fantasy content Kassandra Lynn successfully keeps her story rather realistic with touching upon the hierarchy of this society in a number of ways; within the fantasy element the Savior Bloods believe that Demons are beneath them and are truly nothing but creatures which is almost similar to how Adriana is treated by the Princess Salvene who believes her to be beneath her.
Finally; looking at the novel as a whole the cover itself is one of the reason’s I felt particularly intrigued to read this novel. I adore the cover; the blue color is exquisitely eye catching and the girl featured gives a sense of the outfits and a broad idea of what our main female protagonist looks like. It is very eye-catching as well as being able to fit in with other Young Adult Fantasy Novels which may attract more readers to check it out if they see similarities to their favourite novels.
Be sure to check out Demon Princess if you are a fan of Fantasy, Magic and Dystopian novels!
Like Demon Princess by Kassandra Lynn? Check out The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare…